Saturday 18 November 2017

Teams Who Stood Apart: Alone it stands as Munster shock the All Blacks

Moss Keane Munster 1978
Moss Keane Munster 1978

Trick or treat? It's Halloween 1978 and there's nothing scarier than having to face up to the mighty All Blacks.

At least that was how it was supposed to be. Except there was something far more terrifying lurking that day - a fired up Munster team in Thomond Park, managed by Tom Kiernan and backed by a passionate crowd.

It was the fifth game of the All Blacks' 18-match tour of the UK and Ireland, and the only one they lost.

The 12-0 scoreline is now part of Irish sporting folklore.

The only try was scored in the first half by Christy Cantillon, converted by Tony Ward. And Ward added a drop goal before half-time, and another in the second half. And that was that, history was made.

Sunday Independent

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